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Pakistan: BBC story causes outrage in Karachi01:06

Pakistan: BBC story causes outrage in Karachi

Pakistan, Karachi
February 2, 2014 at 15:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Pakistan: BBC story causes outrage in Karachi

Thousands of members of the Muttahida Quama Movement (MQM) political party held a rally in Karachi on Sunday to oppose a documentary that makes claims about the party's founder Altaf Hussain that they say are defamatory. Screened by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the documentary was broadcast as part of the Newsnight program on Jan 29.

The piece, which investigated the 2010 murder of MQM leader Imran Farooq, has been described by the party's apparatus as slanderous and without merit. An official statement delivered to the British High Commission in the country claims the BBC did not offer a balanced view, and that it was subject to trial by media.

"In a situation when none of the British government, courts or police have charged Altaf Hussain, it is only a reporter and a news channel which is offending him continuously," said deputy leader Haidar Abbas Rizvi. "This is a negative slur on Pakistanis."

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Pakistan: BBC story causes outrage in Karachi

Thousands of members of the Muttahida Quama Movement (MQM) political party held a rally in Karachi on Sunday to oppose a documentary that makes claims about the party's founder Altaf Hussain that they say are defamatory. Screened by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the documentary was broadcast as part of the Newsnight program on Jan 29.

The piece, which investigated the 2010 murder of MQM leader Imran Farooq, has been described by the party's apparatus as slanderous and without merit. An official statement delivered to the British High Commission in the country claims the BBC did not offer a balanced view, and that it was subject to trial by media.

"In a situation when none of the British government, courts or police have charged Altaf Hussain, it is only a reporter and a news channel which is offending him continuously," said deputy leader Haidar Abbas Rizvi. "This is a negative slur on Pakistanis."